Magic Crystals and Cabbage Patches


There are a lot of things that I don’t remember about growing up, but I do remember my first best friend. She currently holds court from the dresser in my bedroom and made a cameo in my last blog post. The way I remember it, The Mother took me aside one evening and asked if I had any room in my bed that night. I asked if she needed a place to sleep and she said no she didn’t, but...

Handle With Care


I can’t believe this happened. Again. After the last time, I promised that I would be better… but here I sit. You were there for me when I needed comfort and when I needed joy. I like to think you brought out the best in me, always flattering my every movement. It broke my heart to see you there, shrunken… tiny… I pressed my hands to my ears trying to block out the scream “NOOOOOOOOO...

The Littlest Comeback King


I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed our daily outings until my little Energizer Bunny couldn’t walk anymore. Mornings and evenings, rain or shine, we could usually be found pounding the pavement for a little exercise and fresh air. At times this was a chore to me. While I love my dog, sometimes the last thing you want to do is go for a walk; especially in the rain or on a cold winter...

Imagination Versus Reality


In my imagination, I picture my Friday posts dubbed “Frigerator Fridays” and full of yummy recipes that I whip up effortlessly during the week. There is no question that these are beautifully photographed and inspire others to spend evenings in the kitchen, creating a culinary moment as opposed to just silencing the growl in their stomachs. My imagination is often better than my...

The Zen of Spring


Living in Minnesota helps teach a person patience. After a few days of balmy temperatures we’ve had a taste of spring that included snow melting, people in shorts who had abandoned their winter parkas, and the recommencement of social engagements. I had three invitations myself this past weekend and it was great to see people who had been hibernating over these long winter months, spring...

The Ups of Downs


I fell down the other day. It was sudden and the pavement was hard. I hadn’t expected to find patchy ice when I stepped outside to walk Danny and it was far colder than I had expected. The last thing that I wanted was for him to reinjure himself since he was finally on the road to recovery, but I wasn’t ready to head home either.   We weren’t far from our house when I took that...

Making Springtime Magic


When I think of the First Day of Spring, I imagine a picturesque scene with warm sunlight, cheerful singing and a girl dancing around with a bird chirping on her finger. Yes, I realize that my mental image sounds a lot like a Disney cartoon but for some reason the phrase sounds magical to me. I usually get a rude awakening every year when I look out the window with bleary eyes to...

March Madness Sets In


March is my least favorite month of the year. It’s at this point that the beautiful white snow turns into what I refer to as “dirty winter” and the season loses its luster. Our lovely city looks its worst during this time as spring struggles to gain a foothold against a winter that does not want to end. This is the time that one begins feeling the madness creep in, certain that...

The Benefits of Being A Grown Up


I don’t remember when I realized that being an adult wasn’t what I thought it would be. Paying bills, trying to figure out health insurance options and 401Ks, managing money, keeping the house clean, and working a full time job without summers off? What? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Add social obligations on top of the everyday business and your head starts spinning. At times it’s hard...

A Symbol of Survival


I admit it, I’m sick of the cold. I’m tired of the tiny red number on my cell phone mocking me with the temperature and weather advisory associated with it. I’m tired of worrying that I’ve gotten exposure from not being bundled to the max on a quick jaunt outside. I’m really tired of having to rescue poor Danny who rushes outside jubilantly and then suddenly freezes up, unable to take a...

Made with Love in Minnesota


Sometimes when you can’t be there in person for a friend, it helps to send a proxy. If only there was a box that I could fit in.

** For all of you knitters out there, this pattern is “Dot” from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Mischievous, Lovable Toys by Rebecca Danger.

Heidi Van Heel

Heidi Van Heel

Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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